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Fungoid Tincture (Generic Miconazole Topical)

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Why is this medication prescribed?

Tinea corporis, also known as ringworm, is a fungal skin infection that results in a red, scaly rash on various parts of the body. Tinea cruris, also known as jock itch, is a fungal infection of the skin in the groin or buttocks. Tinea pedis, also known as athlete’s foot, is a fungal infection of the skin on the feet and in the spaces between the toes. A group of antifungal drugs known as imidazoles includes miconazole. It functions by halting the development of infection-causing fungus.

Not every product should be utilized to cure every one of these ailments. To choose the right product to treat your ailment, please read the label for each product.

How should this medicine be used?

Topical miconazole is available as a cream, powder, spray, tincture, and cream for topical application. Typically, it is used twice daily—at night and in the morning. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any instructions you do not understand, and carefully follow them. Apply miconazole precisely as recommended. Use just as advised by your doctor or the directions on the container, never more or less or more frequently.

Use of topical miconazole is restricted to the skin. Do not ingest miconazole and avoid getting it in your eyes or mouth. The scalp or nails are not treated with miconazole.

Over the course of two weeks of treatment with miconazole for jock itch, your symptoms ought to get better. Over the course of 4 weeks of treatment, your symptoms for athlete’s foot or ringworm should become better. If your symptoms don’t get better during this time or if they worsen at any point while you’re receiving therapy, call your doctor.

Spray, powder, and tinctures of miconazole have a risk of catching fire. Use caution while using these items near heat sources or open flames, such as cigarettes.

Before using topical miconazole, carefully clean and dry the afflicted region. Shake the can thoroughly before using the spray or spray powder. Apply a tiny amount of tincture, cream, powder, spray, or a tincture-like substance to cover the affected region of skin with a thin layer.

When applying miconazole to treat athlete’s foot, pay close attention to the gaps between the toes. Additionally, make sure to change your shoes and socks at least once a day, and to wear well-fitting shoes with ventilation.

Avoid using the powder to any open sores when treating jock itch with it.

Other uses for this medicine

Tinea versicolor (a fungal skin infection that creates brown or light-colored spots on the chest, back, arms, legs, or neck) and yeast infections of the skin can both be treated with topical miconazole. The dangers of using this drug for your illness should be discussed with your doctor.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details if you believe this drug should be used for something else.

What special precautions should I follow?

Before using topical miconazole,

  • If you have an allergy to miconazole, any other medications, or any of the ingredients in miconazole spray, spray powder, cream, powder, or tincture, let your doctor and pharmacist know right away. Request a list of the components from your pharmacist.
  • Inform your doctor and pharmacist about all prescription and over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, dietary supplements, and herbal products that you are now taking or intend to use.
  • Inform your physician if you are nursing a baby, intend to get pregnant, or are already pregnant. Call your doctor if you become pregnant while taking miconazole.

What special dietary instructions should I follow?

Keep eating normally unless your doctor instructs you otherwise.

What should I do if I forget a dose?

As soon as you realize you missed a dose, administer it. If the next dose is soon due, skip the missed one and carry on with your regular dosing plan. To make up for a missing dose, avoid applying a second dose.

What side effects can this medication cause?

Side effects are possible with miconazole. Call your doctor and discontinue using miconazole if any of these symptoms occur:

  • Inflammation or burning where the drug was applied
  • Rash

Other adverse effects of miconazole are possible. If you experience any strange issues while taking this drug, call your doctor right away.

You or your doctor can submit a report to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program online at or by phone at 1-800-332-1088 if you have a serious side event.

What should I know about storage and disposal of this medication?

Keep this medication tightly closed in the original container and out of the reach of children. Keep it at room temperature and out of the bathroom and other places with excessive heat and moisture.

As many containers (such as weekly pill minders and those for eye drops, creams, patches, and inhalers) are not child-resistant and are simple for young children to open, it is crucial to keep all medications out of sight and out of reach of children. Always lock safety caps and promptly stash medication up and away from young children where it is out of their sight and reach to prevent poisoning.

Unused prescriptions must be disposed of carefully to prevent pets, kids, and other people from ingesting them. You should not, however, dispose of this medication in the toilet. Instead, utilizing a medicine take-back program is the easiest approach to get rid of your medication. To find out about take-back programs in your area, speak with your pharmacist or the garbage/recycling department in your city. If you do not have access to a take-back program, see the FDA’s Safe Disposal of Medicines website at for additional information.

In case of emergency/overdose

Dial 1-800-222-1222 to reach your local poison control center if someone has swallowed miconazole topical. Dial 911 to reach the nearest emergency services if the sufferer has collapsed or has stopped breathing.

What other information should I know?

Keep all of your doctor’s appointments.

Ask any questions you have about miconazole to your pharmacist.

You should keep a written record of every medication you take, including any over-the-counter (OTC) items, prescription drugs, and dietary supplements like vitamins and minerals. This list should be brought with you whenever you see a doctor or are admitted to the hospital. You should always have this information with you in case of emergencies.

Brand names

  • Desenex®
  • Fungoid® Tincture
  • Lotrimin® AF Athlete’s Foot Spray Deodorant Powder
  • Lotrimin® AF Athlete’s Foot Spray Powder
  • Lotrimin® AF Athlete’s Foot Spray Liquid
  • Lotrimin® AF Athlete’s Foot Powder
  • Lotrimin® AF Jock Itch Spray Powder
  • Micatin® Cream
  • Monistat-Derm®
  • Ting® Antifungal Spray Powder
  • Vusion® Ointment (as a combination product containing Miconazole, Zinc Oxide)
  • Zeasorb®-AF Powder
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